What’s the Beef with AgTech?

by Georgia Fairweather

Innovation is something I have always been passionate about. I am particularly interested in learning about current technological advancements being used to improve our current industries. I was delighted to be invited to “Beef Week” hosted by Beef Australia. 

I was exceptionally impressed by the AgTech use cases in the Australian Beef Industry. In recent years, Australia has been the second largest beef exporter in the world. It is a billion dollar industry, and beef week was a reflection of this with around 100,000 visitors coming together to hear some of the new innovative technology around that is helping this thriving sector.

The cattle industry in recent years has received criticism for being associated with negative environmental impacts, chemical waste, and water and land consumption. However, with new technologies being developed, this industry has the potential to significantly reduce their environmental effects. Projects being developed, and implemented now can reduce chemical waste up to 97%, methane gas emissions by 80% and save millions of dollars a year. 

“Inspire, educate, empower” The more technologies evolve, the more efficient, sustainable, and secure industries can become.

My key learnings from this week include;

  1. InFarm’s weed solution uses Facial recognition, and Ai technology to differentiate between crops and weeds. This can reduce chemical and water waste up to 97%, and save farmers millions of dollars a year. 
  2. Future Feed supports the growth and the use of Asparagopsis as a natural ingredient for livestock, as feed to significantly reduce carbon emissions. If 10% of the livestock producers added 1.0% of Asparagopsis Seaweed Meal to the daily feed intake of ruminant livestock, it is equivalent to removing 100 million cars off the road. 
  3. 3D printing is becoming increasingly more accessible. You can now buy a 3D printer for less than $300. This can help farmers print tools, spare parts and even food!
  4. Vytelle’s integrated technology platform. Helps generations of genetic gains be made in just a few years. This allows producers to sustainably deliver more protein with fewer inputs, helping to ensure meat and milk are viable, competitive food choices for future generations. 
  5. Blockchain supply chain technologies can help increase quality of products for the consumer, and reduce food waste significantly.  
 

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